No. 3 OKWU Loses To No. 11 Auburn Montgomery in NAIA Men’s Soccer Quarterfinals

Jack McGowan
Jack McGowan and Lucas Almeida (#10) reacts to a goal

Montgomery, Ala. — The No. 11 seed Auburn Montgomery defeated the third-seeded Oklahoma Wesleyan 3-2 in double overtime in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship quarterfinals at the Emory Folmar YMCA Soccer Complex in Montgomery, Ala., on Wednesday night.

2013 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship – Quarterfinal Round – Montgomery, Ala. – Dec. 4, 2013
No. 11 Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) (13-6-2) def. No. 3 Oklahoma Wesleyan (19-3-0), 3-2 (2 OT)

Oklahoma Wesleyan took the lead through Jack McGowan, who finished off a pass from senior captain Lucas Almeida past Auburn Montgomery goalkeeper Vignir Johannesson, as the Eagles flashed to a quick 1-0 lead inside the opening two minutes.

However, Elvar Sigurdsson responded for the Warhawks with a goal in the 24th minute as both teams went into the half-time break locked at 1-1.

In the 55th minute, OKWU was reduced to ten-man when Robert Gallegos was shown a straight red card, after a foul on an Auburn Montgomery breakaway.

Auburn Montgomery capitalized on playing a man up by taking the lead in the 73rd minute, with Sigurdsson scoring again to make it 2-1.

Despite playing a man down, the Eagles grabbed an equalizer when McGowan beat the Warhawks backup keeper Phillip Hitpass, who had replaced Vignir Johannesson after he went off with an injury in the second half.

McGowan’s goal came with just three-minutes remaining in regulation time and it send the game into overtime.

After 16 minutes of action, the Warhawks grabbed the win with a golden-goal when the Eagles’ keeper Luka Stojanovic dropped a ball in the box.

Cesar Kestring pounce on the loose ball to put it home past Stojanovic and send the Warhawks to their sixth all-time semifinals.

Defeat sees Oklahoma Wesleyan eliminated from the championship and ends its season 19-4-0.